COVID-19 Statistics | January 14, 2022 | Lost Coast Outpost

Humboldt County Public Health today reported 185 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of residents who have tested positive for the virus to 12,918. No new deaths or hospitalizations were reported.

Since the last data update on January 7, the province has registered 1,113 new cases of COVID-19. During that period, four deaths were reported, three were unvaccinated and one whose vaccination status is unknown. Seven new resident hospitalizations were also reported. Five were unvaccinated and two were fully vaccinated. The age categories of reported hospitalizations in the seven-day period are as follows:

  • 1 person in their 20s
  • 1 person in their 50s
  • 1 person in the 60
  • 3 people in their 70s
  • 1 person aged 80 years or older

The charts below, which show mean weekly morbidity rates and estimated weekly hospitalizations and deaths in unvaccinated and fully vaccinated local residents, show that more severe effects of COVID-19 are higher in unvaccinated individuals.

For the reporting period between June 5, 2021 and January 2, 2022, 16 fully vaccinated Humboldt County residents died from COVID-19. The mean age of those deaths was 79 years. During the same period, 48 unvaccinated residents died from the virus. The mean age of those deaths was 67. Over the same period, 56 fully vaccinated residents were hospitalized with a mean age of 74 years and 244 unvaccinated individuals were hospitalized with a mean age of 58 years.

The above graph from data between June 5, 2021 and January 2, 2022, illustrates that the current weekly hospitalization rate for fully vaccinated individuals in the province is 0.2 per 100,000, while the rate for unvaccinated individuals is 11 times higher, which is 2. 2 per 100,000. Over the past 10 weeks, both hospital admissions and death rates for unvaccinated individuals were about 11 times greater than for fully vaccinated individuals. See a more detailed view of the hospital admissions and death rates chart.

The current seven-day average number of cases in Humboldt County is about 81, meaning that for every 100,000 residents, about 81 tested positive daily for the past seven days. The number of cases varies considerably by vaccination status, as illustrated in the graph below, which shows the average weekly number of cases since February 2021 in unvaccinated and fully vaccinated residents.

The most recent seven-day mean number of cases for the period ending January 2 for fully vaccinated individuals is 84 per 100,000 population, while the case rate for unvaccinated individuals is 58 per 100,000 population. Despite increasing coronavirus infections among vaccinated people, experts say vaccines still significantly reduce the risks of serious diseases. “Just because you have a breakthrough infection doesn’t mean the vaccine won’t work and won’t give you a huge benefit,” [said] dr. Justin Lessler, professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina. See a more detailed view of the case rate chart here.

The California Department of Public Health has updated its isolation and quarantine guidelines for workplace environments to allow certain vaccinated people to continue working under specific conditions.

State health officials also recently expanded eligibility, recommending boosters for children ages 12 to 15 if it has been at least five months since they completed their primary vaccination course. Appointments can be made on the updated state vaccination portal My Turn.

Public health is tracking an increase in cases officials attribute to the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Officials continue to emphasize that residents, especially those who have not been vaccinated, are working to protect themselves and their families from all strains of COVID-19 by following mask requirements in public settings, social distancing and getting vaccinated or challenged when in attendance. qualify.

Health officials are also reminding residents that hospitalizations, rather than positive case numbers, are the best indicator of how the county is being affected in the most recent wave of cases. Vaccines and boosters provide an increased level of protection against Omicron, Delta and other variants.

Those who are fully vaccinated or boosted tend to develop milder symptoms, shorter illness duration, fewer hospitalizations and less severe outcomes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rates of hospital admissions by vaccination status, unvaccinated adults are more than 8 times more likely to be hospitalized than adults who are fully vaccinated. Locally, that number is currently 13 times higher for the period from January 2 to January 8.

The COVID-19 Joint Information Center (1-707-441-5000) will be closed Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. English- and Spanish-speaking operators will resume regular work on Tuesday to answer questions related to COVID-19 vaccination, testing and preventive measures. Questions emailed to covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us during the holiday will also be answered on Tuesdays.

The OptumServe test sites in the Wharfinger Building in Eureka and Azalea Hall in McKinleyville will be open over the holiday Monday. Appointments are required and can be made at lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123.

As always, Humboldt County vaccination and testing services are available free of charge. While walk-ins are allowed at most mainstream GGD clinics and many pharmacy vaccination sites, an increase in demand for boosters has caused delays in some locations. As a result, appointments are needed for children’s clinics and for clinics at the Public Health headquarters. Appointments are highly recommended for all other clinics and are the best way to ensure a recording is available during your visit. Appointments can be made at MyTurn.ca.gov.

Vaccines, including boosters, are available at local pharmacies. Visit the vaccines.gov page to check the availability of a specific vaccine or text your zip code to 438829 to find a pharmacy near you that offers vaccines.

Please see the schedule below for specific dates, times, locations and available services of the Public Health Vaccination and Testing Clinic. Inquiries about clinical services may be directed to the Joint Information Center at 1-707-441-5000.

Redway — Saturday, January 15, 10am-4pm
Healy Senior Center (456 Briceland Road)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
PCR and rapid testing available on a first come, first served basis
Appointments for vaccinations highly recommended.

Eureka — Tuesday, Jan 18, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM — FULL
Public Health Headquarters (529 I St.)
12 years and older
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
No tests available
$25 gift card for adults who receive a first or second dose
Appointments required.

Eureka Pediatric Clinic — Tuesday, January 18, 1:15 PM to 3:45 PM
Public Health Headquarters (529 I St.)
Ages 5 to 11 years
Pfizer only
No tests available
Appointments required.

Willow Creek — Tuesday, January 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Public Health Office (77 Walnut Way)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
PCR and rapid testing available on a first come, first served basis
$25 gift card for adults who receive a first or second dose
Appointments for vaccinations highly recommended.

Arcata — Wednesday, January 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
D Street Community Center (1301 D St.)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
PCR and rapid testing available on a first come, first served basis
Appointments for vaccinations highly recommended.

Hoopa — Thursday, January 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hoopa Fire Hall (11121 Hwy 96)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
There are no rapid tests available at this clinic. PCR testing offered through OptumServe by appointment only at the Hoopa Fire Hall.
Appointments for vaccinations highly recommended.

Eureka — Friday, January 21, 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wharfinger Building (1 Marina Way)
Pfizer/Johnson & Johnson/Moderna
There are no rapid tests available at this clinic. PCR testing offered through OptumServe by appointment on the ground floor of the Wharfinger building.
Appointments for vaccinations highly recommended.

View the Data Dashboard online at humboldtgov.org/dashboard, or go to humboldtgov.org/DashboardArchives to download past data. For the latest COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or by contacting covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or by calling 1-707-441-5000.

Register for COVID-19 Vaccination: MyTurn.ca.gov
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